Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state's Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized. 

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

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The Mayor of Parksley James Eichelberger died suddenly on Tuesday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Vice Mayor R. Wayne Marshall made the announcement yesterday afternoon on the town’s Facebook page.

Eichelberger has been mayor for the last nine years.

The paper reports that he worked on revitalization of Parksley’s downtown area along with getting the Eastern Shore Public Library and a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Previously, he was the town manager of Exmore in Northampton County as well as an environmental manager for Perdue Farms.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected the latest appeal from a double murderer who narrowly avoided the death penalty for crimes he committed as a juvenile.

In a one-page order dated Tuesday, the court upheld a judge's summary dismissal last year of an appeal by Michael Jones. Jones argued, among other things, that his lawyers were ineffective and his life sentence was unfair.

The 35-year-old Jones was convicted of the drug-related killings of Cedric Reinford and Maneeka Plant. Plant's late grandparents were state representatives Al and Hazel Plant.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama is set to return to the campaign trail for the first time since he left office with a rally to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

The Northam campaign announced Wednesday that the lieutenant governor and Obama will appear together at an event in Richmond on Oct. 19.

Virginia is one of only two states electing new governors this year and the swing state's contest is viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The lieutenant governor's race in Virginia features a Republican who is doing everything she can to differentiate herself from the rest of the party. Her opponent says she can't run away from her conservative record.

Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, and Republican Jill Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, are running for lieutenant governor in next month's election. The post offers few formal duties other than breaking ties in the state Senate. But it invariably serves as a launching post for future gubernatorial runs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in Japan trying to lure more business to the Old Dominion.

McAuliffe's office announced Wednesday the governor was traveling to Japan for a four-day trade and marketing mission where he will meet with senior business executives.

McAuliffe is one of the most well-traveled governors in the country and this is his 33rd trade mission.

Virginia is home to nearly 70 Japanese companies and is the ninth largest export market for Virginia.

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(AP) Authorities say a third person has been arrested in the beating of a black man at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lt. Matthew Edwards is spokesman for the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas. He said in a phone interview that 22-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin of Ward, Arkansas, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from Charlottesville by U.S. marshals near his hometown.

Lt. Steve Upman, a spokesman for police in Charlottesville, says Goodwin is charged with malicious wounding in the Aug. 12 beating.

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CROFTON, Md. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime by hanging a noose outside a middle school has delivered a public apology, saying he didn't mean to scare or discriminate against anyone because of their race.

Nineteen-year-old Conner Prout stood before roughly 60 people at a meeting of the Caucus of African American Leaders on Tuesday and apologized for his role in a stunt that sent Crofton Middle School students running to the guidance counselor's office in tears, the Capital reports .

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The landmark Dumser’s Dairyland on the Ocean City boardwalk will be around a little bit longer

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the town will not move against the establishment until there is a final decision by the Court of Special Appeals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that means the restaurant will not have to shut down at the end of this month.

The paper adds that Meehan’s statement indicated a decision would not be forthcoming until sometime next year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a decision upholding the constitutionality of the state's ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) - Researchers say the total amount of oxygen-deprived dead zones in Chesapeake Bay this summer was the biggest since 2014.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science also said Monday that the total amount of dead zones this summer increased by 10 percent over last year.

The institute has used a three-dimensional forecast model since 2014 to gauge areas of oxygen depletion - or hypoxia - in which oxygen dissolved in water falls so low it no longer supports fish, crabs, oysters and other aquatic organisms. Pollution has been blamed.

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The owners of a home where some 31 dogs were rescued in Seaford say they were unaware that the man who lived there owned so many animals.

Another 41 were found dead.

The family spoke off camera with WBOC.

They told the television station that the resident was an older man whose partner had recently died.

They said they knew he had dogs in the garage and kennel but that he refused to let anyone in to see them.

The family told WBOC that they went through 35 keys before gaining access.

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The 20th annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo is taking place this coming weekend at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

The event sponsored by the Museum and Salisbury University says it will feature both modern and antique decoy carving competitions.

There will also be an antique decoy competition called the “Old Birds”.

The old decoys can also be appraised at the event.

There will be 30 vendors ranging from folk art and collectible hunting items to antique decoys.

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A food-cook off in Chincoteague is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella.

Officials are trying to get in touch with around 2-thousand who attended the Chincoteague Chili and Chowder Cook Off on Saturday.

Some are from other states.

They are asking them to fill out surveys to help answer questions about the outbreak as well as letting them know they should contact their local physician.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far the Accomack County Health Department has heard from around 350 people who were at the event.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delawareans are doing their best to lend a helping hand to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Gov. John Carney is announcing a new website, delaware.gov/relief, where Delawareans can learn about different ways to donate to disaster relief efforts, as well as volunteer their time.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Carol Timmons are among other officials who planned to join Carney on Wednesday to encourage contributions to the relief efforts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled legislative commission has asked for a broad study of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution Tuesday asking staff to do the study. The move comes a month before Herring faces a challenge from Republican John Adams in the election.

The study would include how the office spends proceeds from asset forfeiture and an examination of salary increases.

Herring's spokesman called it an "obvious political stunt."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit northern Virginia this weekend to campaign with Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam.

Northam's campaign announced Tuesday that Biden and Northam will host a roundtable discussion on workforce development Saturday in Reston.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to appear the same day with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. The two are set to attend a rally in Abingdon, in southwest Virginia.

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BROOKLYN, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland say more than 200 people have shown up at fire and police stations in Anne Arundel County seeking treatment for drug addiction since the county began its "Safe Stations" program six months ago.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that about 60 percent of those seeking help entered 28-day inpatient treatment programs in the county.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Dover councilman has been censured by the City Council for violating "the spirt and purpose" of the city's ethics code.
 
The City Council voted 6-3 Monday to censure Councilman Brian Lewis.
 
Lewis said he was not given a chance to defend himself. He told the Delaware State News that he believes his rights were violated.
 

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In Seaford state animal welfare authorities found 43 dead dogs and another 31 who were still alive and one cat.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 27 of them were severely ill and received emergency care.

But one of them had to be euthanized.

Delaware state authorities say that they expect charges to be brought when their investigation has been completed.

The Daily Times reports that the recovering animals are being taken care of at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown.

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Delaware could be getting a major employment boost.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Harvey Hanna & Associates plan to buy the former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road.

Redevelopment of the 142-acre site is expected to generate thousands of job.

The paper reports that the site is seen as a convenient transportation hub with a rail line and easy access to major highways such as I-95 and I-495.

In addition, it is also within easy reach to the Port of Wilmington as well as airports in Philadelphia and New Castle.

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Crisfield police are looking at what happened to a Salisbury man who was shot at least 14 times.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say Mark Laquan Smith was found with gunshot wounds at the Somers Cove Apartments after receiving a 911 call.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The paper reports that police say they found narcotics, money and revolver nearby.

Authorities say that Smith was staying with a girlfriend at the apartments.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's medical marijuana program is continuing to grow.

The program's oversight panel was to get an update Tuesday on plans to open new dispensaries in New Castle and in Kent County.

New York-based Columbia Care, which operates medical marijuana facilities in five states and the District of Columbia, was awarded the contract for the Kent County dispensary, which is expected to open in the spring.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The union representing Maryland correctional officers is warning that staffing levels in state prisons are at dangerously low levels.

The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown reports that the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) held a press conference Saturday to call for more hiring.

They directed their remarks to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

State officials say they have hired 120 officers in the last 18 months to try to fill vacancies in the system.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's senior senator is calling on President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to work with Democrats on tax reform.

Sen. Tom Carper and fellow Democrat Chris Coons hosted a roundtable discussion in Wilmington on Monday on what they say is the negative impact of Trump's tax plan on Delawareans.

Coons expressed concern about cutting billions of dollars from Medicare spending for what he described as a tax rate cut for corporations and for the richest Americans.

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WISE, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor made pointed attacks at each other at their final debate ahead of Election Day next month.

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam squared off Monday at the University of Virginia at Wise in the state's far southwest. The region, hit hard by a decline in coal mining, strongly backed Donald Trump in last year's presidential election.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A study has found that a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this year drew participants from at least 35 states.

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League published its study Sunday.

The league said it was able to identify about 200 of the participants who descended on Charlottesville in August. The rally drew a massive counter-protest. Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, was killed when she was hit by a car.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have issued a warrant charging a black man beaten at a white nationalist rally for an alleged assault during the confrontation.

Police said in a news release Monday night that the warrant was issued for 20-year-old DeAndre Harris. Harris was seen bloodied in viral photos and a video after being attacked during the rally in August.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials say two inmates have been injured in an escape attempt.
 
Department of Correction officials say the escape attempt happened Sunday evening at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.
 
Authorities say both men were able to gain access to the roof of the facility after breaching security measures in the recreation yard.  
 
Once on the roof, one offender turned back, while the other was discovered by an outside patrol.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A resolution before a county council would urge Maryland's General Assembly to tighten the rules governing public access to police body camera footage.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports two Republican members of the Baltimore County Council introduced the measure to advocate for statewide legislation that would regulate public access to protect privacy.
 
The county announced last week that the police department had finished training and outfitting around 1,400 police officers with body cameras.
 

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